Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead is definitely paying attention to what people write about him as he prepares to enter free agency.

Armstead started something of a one-sided Twitter feud with Santa Rosa Press Democrat columnist Grant Cohn earlier in the week after Cohn said on Twitter that the 49ers should pursue Jadeveon Clowney instead of Armstead if they cost the same amount of money in free agency. Armstead did not take kindly to that, and blasted Cohn on Twitter.

Armstead was not done there. He dug up video from before the season of Cohn predicting the 49ers would go 6-10, then continued tweeting about Cohn.

Cohn, for his part, was understated in his responses to Armstead’s tweets.

A lot of people will love Armstead standing up for himself, especially since he can convincingly argue he had a better statistical season than Clowney did. It might not be best for him, however, especially with free agency coming up. It probably won’t hurt him much, but he’d probably be better off not worrying about what columnists are writing about him and his team.

This isn’t the first time Armstead has had something to say about some media speculation about him.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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